Admiration for Serena Williams Trumps Personal Glory for Naomi Osaka as Unveiled in Her Dejected Reaction to Landmark Victories

Published 11/20/2023, 8:28 AM EST

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The feeling of inferiority can be terrible, especially when someone is on the verge of breaking through to the bigger stages of their career. In the biography of the 4 times Grand Slam singles champion, ‘Naomi Osaka: Her Journey to Finding Her Power and Her Voice’, the inner turmoil of the 26YO champ amid her astonishing career is revealed. Naomi Osaka suffered a terrible feeling of inferiority even after defeating Serena Williams to clinch her first Grand Slam title.

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At the age of 20, the Japanese created history by defeating the former world number one in women’s singles, Serena Williams in US Open, 2018 finals. She defeated her in straight sets by a margin of 6-2,6-4 in a controversial encounter. But why was she so dejected after the win?

Naomi Osaka felt mixed emotions after winning her first major title against Serena Williams

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Naomi Osaka has always been the biggest admirer of the 23 Grand Slam singles title holder. Serena Williams has been the source of inspiration for her and to defeat her at the biggest stage was quite an achievement for the young girl. However, the win was overshadowed by an umpiring controversy. Boos and hisses poured down from the stands at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 20YO hadn’t witnessed anything like this before and she couldn’t figure out whether it was made at her or for the results of the match. She felt bad and started crying.

Here’s what Osaka said about that terrible feeling, “I don’t know what this feeling is. I don’t know how to describe it and how to fix it. I guess I’m going to have to live with it for the rest of my life.” During the trophy ceremony, she even apologized to the fans for the outcome of the match. She mentioned even she’s a big fan of ‘The Queen of the Court’.

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Seeing the loud booing of the fans, Serena Williams stepped in and put her arm around Naomi Osaka to encourage her. She appreciated her dominating performance and asked the crowd to celebrate Osaka’s victory. Zooming to the present moment, Naomi Osaka is now preparing herself to return to the court, and she has got her target set. 

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Can Naomi Osaka make a strong comeback?

The 4 time Grand Slam winner has been out of action since September last year following her pregnancy and subsequent birth of her first child. But now she is back to training as she looks for a comeback at the Brisbane International Tournament. The WTA 500 tournament will be the final platform for her to test herself before the Australian Open in 2024. Can she repeat the heroics of AO 2021 in 2024?

Well, she has recently expressed her desire to win 8 more Grand Slam titles. She even wants to secure a gold medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics. She’s the first Asian to hold the top spot in women’s singles ranking. Naomi Osaka is desperate to get her crown back. Can she do it? Only time will tell.

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To know more about the roller-coaster ride in her life, one must read her biography. But you can let us know how excited are you to see the Japanese icon back on the court.

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Sayantan Roy

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Tennis has been my passion since my childhood. My sheer love and enthusiasm for the racket sport has been a major influence in me wanting to build a career in sports journalism. Additionally, being a die-hard Real Madrid fan makes me more connected to my tennis idol-Rafael Nadal, who himself is a huge Los Blancos fan and a contender to become its next President.
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